I’m currently playing in the British Major Open, and I thought I’d use the rest day to give a quick update here. So far it’s going rather well; I’m on 4/6, with a rating performance of 2184. I need 3.5/5 in week 2 in order to qualify for next year’s British Championship (main section), so that’s the aim.
In other news, the new English Chess Federation grades came out last week, and I’ve had a modest increase to 162. However, this was quite heavily affected by my poor performance in Paignton at the start of the season; if this was discounted (which seems reasonable, given that I was just starting to study then), my new grade would be in the 170s. My ECF performance at the Major Open so far is exactly 200, but it remains to be seen whether I can maintain that level over an extended period.